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Irshad Manji

Best-Selling Auhor, Speaker, and Advocate

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BIO

Irshad Manji, renowned Muslim reformer and Professor of Leadership at New York University, is a signature voice of the Obama generation — global in outlook, practical in approach, and dedicated to finding common ground in a fractured world. She has transformed her personal journey into a riveting story that guides all of us to confront the challenges we face, whether as students, professionals, parents, or citizens.

 

Oprah’s magazine has given her its first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction.”  The New York Times describes her as “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare.”  Here’s why: Irshad Manji is the bestselling author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith, published in more than 30 countries.  Her PBS film, Faith Without Fear, has garnered an Emmy nomination for artfully following her personal campaign to reconcile Islam with women’s equality, respect for minorities and honest debate.  She drives fundamentalists crazy.

 

Now, through her just-launched Moral Courage Project at NYU, Prof. Manji is teaching a new generation of global citizens to fight conformity, even at the price of backlash.  Her inspiring message: Any of us can change the world by daring to ask questions — out loud.

 

Whether addressing corporations, congregations, or colleges, Irshad Manji gives game-changing guidance that individuals can take away and apply to their lives. She does it all with personality, passion and humor.


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BOOKS

Trade Paperback
The Trouble with Islam Today
A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
St. Martin's Griffin

"I have to be honest with you. Islam is on very thin ice with me.... Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring...
Hardcover
The Trouble with Islam
A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
St. Martin's Press

"I have to be honest with you. Islam is on very thin ice with me....Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring...

SPEECHES

Courage in a Time of Corruption: With Americans reeling from corruption – in the money industry, in organized religion and in our political culture – it’s time to answer: How do we help our new President clean house? That’s the question being addressed by Irshad Manji, Professor of Leadership at New York University and Director of the ground-breaking Moral Courage Project. Bobby Kennedy defined “moral courage” as the willingness to speak truth to power within your own circle for the sake of a greater good. Irshad Manji’s insights could not be more timely or necessary. Whether addressing corporate managers about workplace diversity, congregations about spiritual integrity, or students and teachers about a future of real opportunity, she gives game-changing guidance that individuals can take away and apply to their lives. Now more than ever, America needs our voices. Irshad Manji is using hers to issue your wake-up call.

Diversity for Prosperity: Diversity is a many-splendored thing. It can be the source of conviction or confusion. It can incite bigotry or inspire opportunity. By sharing examples from her own life and that of renowned historical figures, Irshad Manji shows us the key to embracing diversity. Hint: It’s not simply about race, gender, or culture. Don’t miss this chance to enhance the diversity of your environment by first appreciating yourselves as individuals. Each of us has an authentic voice. Using hers, Prof. Manji will help you to: * Understand that group identities do not define diversity; individuality does; * Explore how individuality benefits the wider organization; * Realize how we can become more authentic human beings at work and beyond; * Encourage the questions that will help conquer fears; and * Live every day with the greatest of all human resources: courage.

Confessions of a Muslim Reformer: Why I Fight for Women, Jews, Gays…and God: In this energetic and profoundly personal speech, Irshad Manji addresses the ideas in her international best-seller, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith. With candor and humor, she unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, the ill-treatment of women, deep-seated anti-Semitism and an uncritical reading of the Koran. But her message is ultimately a positive one. She expresses a new, humane and intellectually vibrant vision for the Islamic world -- based on Islam's own tradition of critical thinking. Above all, she has a refreshing challenge for non-Muslims: Don't silence yourselves. Ask questions out loud. Irshad Manji gives all of us the permission to think.

The Future of Islam: In this dynamic presentation, Irshad Manji charts the course for a reform of Islam. By "reform," she means a change that promotes freedom and human rights. Along the way, Prof. Manji offers key insights about a new generation of Muslims, illuminating their challenges and opportunities. She also empowers non-Muslims to support reform in ways that bring out the better angels in all of us.

Women as the Key to Reforming the Muslim World: Women's rights are human rights. But Muslim women today still suffer profound ill-treatment. Is there something inherent to Islam that opposes women's equality? Or is the issue more cultural than religious? Above all, how can liberating the entrepreneurial talents of women be the key to reforming the Muslim world? In this inspiring address, Irshad Manji illuminates the root problems and offers concrete solutions based on Islam itself. Starting with her personal journey and ending on recommendations for action, Prof. Manji urges all of us -- Muslim and non-Muslim -- to become leaders in the struggle for universal human rights. Better yet, she shows us how.


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REVIEWS

Praise for The Trouble with Islam Today "...feels like a revelation...a raw nerve ending for the West - shocking, raw, but mercifully, joyously, still alive." 
- Andrew Sullivan, New York Times Book Revie

"Irshad Manji is a fresh, new and intriguing voice of Islamic reform. This wonderfully written book will surprise you, educate you, even entertain you." 
- Alan Dershowitz, author of The Case for Israel

"Manji is blazingly articulate." 
- Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail

"The Trouble with Islam is beyond controversial. It may ignite a firestorm of protest...her easy conversational style, addressed to 'my fellow Muslims,' makes it accessible to a wide range of readers." 
- Leslie Scrivener, The Toronto Star

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